It’s time. You’ve made the decision.
You’re going to build your dream luxury home.
Sam Vercher, a home builder and home building company out of Bullard and Tyler, Texas, knows that once you’ve made the decision to build your craftsman home, it can be difficult to know where to start.
Here are four steps to help you get started building your custom luxury home.
Planning, Budget, and Time Frame
Planning and budget go hand in hand when it comes to building your luxury dream home. When you envision the finished product, what details do you see? What quality of fixtures, flooring, cabinets, building materials, paint, appliances, etc.?
What luxury details will you choose to include to enhance your daily living experience? A state-of-the-art chef’s kitchen? A huge master bathroom? A wine cellar with a tasting room? The options are endless, but knowing and sticking to your budget can make the planning process much easier.
Don’t forget to think long term: investing in certain eco-friendly building materials and appliances might help you save money on utility costs down the road. Factoring in those long-range costs and cost benefits is also an important part of budget planning.
Also, be aware of hidden costs. Are you building your luxury home completely from the ground up with new furnishings, appliances, etc.? Unless you have an unlimited budget, it’s essential to know and understand the costs of all aspects of building and furnishing your luxury home. Everything from light fixtures to kitchen appliances can cause costs to creep up. Do your research ahead of time and have at least an approximate idea of what it all costs before you begin building.
Once you’ve figured out your plan and budget, it’s a good idea to know a realistic time frame for having the product finished. Much of this will be determined by the building process, time of year, etc. However, knowing your needs in terms of timing is also important.
Choose a Builder and Team
When it comes to choosing a custom home builder, there are many factors to consider.
Most importantly, you need to choose a home contractor and team that you can work with. You need to have good communication and be on the same page regarding both the building process and the finished product.
Having a local, certified custom home builder makes a big difference. You can see, first-hand, examples of their work, talk in-person to other people who’ve utilized their services, and they will be close to the site.
When choosing your builder and team, make sure you look at reviews. Thankfully, you can find helpful reviews online with the click of a button. Also, make sure they’re experienced and licensed.
Choose a Location and Design
There are so many things to consider regarding location and design for your custom-built luxury home. East Texas is full of beautiful places to build your dream home. But not all locations are ideal. It’s not possible in every situation, but having your builder help you choose the location of your new home has advantages, as they understand codes, possible terrain issues, etc.
There are many things to factor in when it comes to location: neighborhood, neighbors, land type, the view, schools, zoning, building codes, etc.
It goes without saying the options are endless when it comes to design. Make sure you focus on details such as:
All the Things!
Prepare the Construction Site, Foundation, Framing the home, Installing the HVAC, Install Insulation, Drywall, Painting, Fixtures, Flooring, Countertops…
Watch your luxury dream home take shape!
Watching the construction of your dream luxury home is a memorable and exciting experience.
Make sure you schedule regular updates with your builder and team. Don’t micromanage—you hired a builder because you trust them with your design. However, you will also want to make sure you’re doing regular walk-throughs to ensure the design is going as you envisioned. It’s easier to make changes in the building stage than when things are complete!
Call your trusted local luxury home builder today, and begin planning!